Getting my toddler to eat is typed into Google often and making it happen is about as easy as getting a full night of sleep (pfft sleep, WTF is that?)
Almost 3yo J man goes through peaks and troughs.
One week he’ll eat everything we put in front of him and the next three weeks we’ll be lucky if he eats anything more than two mushy Weetbix and a few strawberries each day.
Every kid goes through the same phase during toddlerhood, or so I’m told, so what tricks can we add to our already bursting arsenal of tricks to make our toddlers eat some good stuff?
At last year’s Problogger event I met the delightful Talisha Kendall, Founder of Little Mashies and she was so gorgeous as to gift me a packet of her product, hence this being a sponsored post but in no way does this alter my opinion, you can check out my Disclosure Statement here.
why I love Little Mashies Reusable Squeeze Pouches
Generally given a questionable 4 or 5 star health rating by the Australian government and considering the extremely high sugar content, I’m surprised store bought pouch yogurts are allowed to be sold as healthy lunchbox snack options for kids or given to little one’s transitioning to solids.
When I checked a few myself there was on average 1-2 teaspoons of sugar per pouch… the recommended daily intake for a toddler is 3 teaspoons so that’s up to 2/3’s their recommended daily intake of sugar in a single 130gm pouch of apparently healthy yogurt.
When I first tried using the Little Mashies Reusable Squeeze Pouches because getting my toddler to eat was so bloody hard, J was about 19 months old. The images on the packs are adorable but he wasn’t showing an interest so into the drawer they went for another time.
J had been getting into monsters, dinosaurs and dragons recently so I decided to try them again.
I made a homemade yogurt recipe that came with the box, added some fresh strawberry puree and gave it to him.
5… 4… 3… 2… 1… Gone.
Moving on to something more adventurous than yogurt, I also made curried chickpea puree and chicken noodles.
He pretty much devoured everything I gave him. If you’re feeling stuck for ideas you can get a free Little Mashies recipe book here, or get creative like I do and invent your own.
I found its easiest to fill the pouches by putting them in a glass, leaving my hands free to keep the ziplock open and spoon in the recipe (It’s a double ziplock too so there’s no leaks).
The top is big enough to suck through chunkier meals which means not everything needs to be super smooth allowing for texture as well as taste and the lids are nice big so its easier for older kids to open and close the pouches themselves (one less thing for you to do for them? Yes please!)
If you’ve made pouches in advance and froze them because you’re so organised and amazing and now we all hate you (not really we just wish we could be more like you), then defrosting is as easy as popping them in warm water.
The pouches last up to 100 uses if used as directed by the packaging. With 10 in a pack that’s 1,000 meals and snacks!
They’re clean in as little as 20 seconds. Every parents dream. Wash them in warm soapy water with a bottle brush and because of their curved design food waste runs straight out.
Pop them over a whisk or large serving spoon and prop them up in a glass on the bench overnight to dry.
They can be cleaned in the dishwasher but this reduces the life of the pouches considerably so just wash them by hand.
Safe and Environmental
They’re BPA free, Pthalate free, PVC free and Lead free #winning
Reducing waste is critical if we’re to leave behind a healthy planet for our kids so it’s another reason I love Little Mashies when I struggle with getting my toddler to eat.
They’re reusable up to 100 times if used properly and when they’re ready to be thrown out they’re 100% recyclable including the brochures and packaging they come in.
Did you know between 2001 and 2007 the volume of waste deposited to landfill in Australia increased by 12%, and by 2007 this had grown to more than 21.3 million tonnes?* We’re in 2016… I hate to think what this number would be now.
$14.95 5pk limited edition prints – 2 to choose from (500 uses)
$34.95 10pk multi-coloured or individual coloured packs – Orange, Green Purple to choose from (1000 uses)
At an average of 31 cents per use i’d say the pricing is amazing compared to store bought, don’t you think?
What’s The Verdict?
In all honesty these are bloody great. I probably use them 2-3 times a week when out and about as an on-the-go lunch or snack and since using them, getting my toddler to eat isn’t so hard on the bad days anymore.
Definitely great to have when desperate to get something good into your little one that isn’t full of refined sugar, like the store-bought pouch yogurts.
– Buy Little Mashies Reusable Squeeze Pouches Here –
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